“Stay Smitten” is a recurring blog feature focused on relationship tips, tricks and insights to help make sure your honeymoon is more than just a phase. That it’s a way of life. Why? Because marriages in which love shines the brightest have the power to change the world.
My sister/bestie texted me the above picture this week along with the words “YOU ARE SPECTACULAR.”
She had snapped the photo exactly two years ago while helping me at my first bridal show—sans paycheck—one month after I launched Smitten Honeymoons. I had exactly one client at the time who wasn’t related to me. In other words, the last way I would have described myself was spectacular. If I’m being totally honest, this photo reminds me of how much I felt like a baby bird learning to walk—all wobbly on spindly little legs, excited about soaring above the treetops someday and terrified at the same time about falling out of my nest.
I immediately texted my sis back: “Wow. I look like a little kid!”
Questions started rolling through my mind: Why had I brought those shabby chic end tables with me? Did I really think the pineapples and coconuts were on brand? Was it necessary to overnight fresh lei from Hawaii?
A new text interrupted the self-interrogation: “It’s incredible to see how you have grown and all you are doing.”
Seven hundred and thirty days have passed since this photo, and, despite all that has happened in that time, it’s still easy to focus on everything that I had yet to figure out, refine, change. It’s less natural to acknowledge all the ways I have grown. All the things I am doing that the newbie entrepreneur in the pretty pink dress in this pic was just beginning to realize were possible.
Like help the sweetest newlyweds fall in love with exotic places, including:
And the list goes on…
I don’t share this to toot my own horn, so to speak. I bring it up because I’m realizing more and more that taking time to celebrate our achievements, even the smallest ones—like today’s win of making it a WHOLE day without coffee in my first 24 hours of giving up caffeine—is important. I keep hearing people say that it’s not the end goal that matters. It’s the journey. As Smitten Honeymoons moves into its third year, I couldn’t be more excited about the path ahead.
While there are a million dreams I have for Smitten Honeymoons, I’m taking a moment this week to say that I am so proud of the business I’ve built since this first bridal show. Of the dream vacays I’ve brought to life for clients across the globe. Of the honeymoon photos my newlyweds have since hung on the walls of their very first homes. Of the memories they return to when life gets chaotic or feels heavy. Of how much I’ve grown—professionally and personally.
Cheers to staying smitten (in life + love) while chasing spectacular dreams!
Double cheers to super supportive sister-friends!